UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping believes Israel Adesanya may have been a bit arrogant during the Sean Strickland fight.
Adesanya lost the UFC middleweight title to Strickland in Sydney, Australia. The UFC 293 main event did not go the way most anticipated. Strickland made it clear that he’d be no pushover after dropping “Izzy” in the first round. From there on, it was Strickland’s pressure game and his ability to move out of the way of kicks that ultimately doomed Adesanya. Strickland took home the 185-pound gold via unanimous decision.
Israel Adesanya Showed “Arrogance” Against Sean Strickland?
Speaking to TNT Sports, Michael Bisping claimed that no matter how much success Sean Strickland had at UFC 293, he believes Israel Adesanya displayed arrogance throughout the fight.
“I think there was certainly an air of arrogance in the corner of Israel Adesanya, and from Izzy himself,” Bisping said. “Even when he was dropped in the first round and very, very close to being finished. He was just like, he had kind of a smug look on his face, like, ‘Oh, God bless this guy. He landed a shot. Oh, overhand? Oh, okay. No worries.’ No concern, no look of stress, no worry, no realization that he’s in there with a real threat.”
Should Izzy Get Immediate Rematch?
Bisping then answered the question of whether or not the UFC should give Adesanya an immediate rematch.
“I don’t think so, and far be it from me to go against the boss man Dana White, he makes the calls, but Izzy has lost two of his last three,” Bisping said.
With that said, Bisping understands that Adesanya has been a workhorse for the company and has star power. Ultimately, “The Count” believes it’s time for “The Last Stylebender” to take a breather.
“I am not taking away from Sean Strickland, I thought he did a sensational job, congratulations to him, but I do think there is something to the schedule that Izzy has kept,” Bisping said. “Good for him, it was incredible, but also to a certain point possibly to his detriment as well. That is not taking away from Sean Strickland. Sean Strickland went out there, beat the man fair and square.”